Posts Tagged ‘holiday party hair’

THE MEGA BOW

photos/post/graphic design: Kristin Ess

Just a warning, we’re holiday freaks. A few weeks ago I was making a Target run and saw these massive bows being put out as the Halloween stuff was being carted away. With all of the fun holiday parties coming up, I couldn’t resist making this into an oversized bow headband. I’ve worn this to a couple of parties now and it’s been a smash every time. It’s definitely not for everyone but those of you who enjoy making a little spectacle– this one’s for you! Literally the easiest (and maybe cheapest) DIY on TBD. The “Mega Bow” is $5 and the headband is free if you have one laying around the house. Up top we paired this massive gem with the Very Veronica waves tutorial. In the bottom photo we paired it with my favorite Wand + Flat Iron trick.

 

The “Mega Bow” comes in a bunch of different colors. I went with the classics and am insanely obsessed with the gold one.

Peel + stick the label to your headband of choice. I like to stick the bow slightly off center.

Wrap the paper around. You can hot glue it to the headband for extra security if you think it’s gonna be a wild night!

Enjoy your parties! If you do this, tag us on Instagram @thebeautydept! We’d love to see your mega bow and which hairstyle that you pair it with!

PS: I didn’t see these on target.com so I think you have to pop into the actual store.

GIANT BUN TUTORIAL

photos/post/graphic design: Kristin Ess

Since we’re already seeing holiday decorations go up in our favorite stores, we better get some holiday hairstyle ideas up on your faaavorite beauty website! Not sure about you guys but I often find myself working until the very last second, then rushing home, then rushing out with a bottle of bubbly in one hand and red lipstick in the other. With so many fancy festivities toward the end of the year, it’s always a good idea to have some 10 minute hairstyles on tap. This one is definitely a TBD favorite. The style is similar to my signature “Fun Bun” tutorial you might remember from a couple years ago. The main difference is, you can tease this one to make it as voluminous as you’d like. This updo reminds me of one of those super-famous//super-massive//super-chic SJP buns! Alright… here’s how you take your hair from a work bun to a party bun…

You will need: a comb, bobby pins (large + small), a small clear elastic, travel sized hairspray that fits in your purse if you plan on doing this after work without going home.

  1. Take your original topknot down letting it fall into a pony, and then smooth any flyaways with hairspray and the fine side of your comb.
  2. Tease small sections using your favorite teasing comb or teasing brush.
  3. Keep going until you’ve teased the entire ponytail.
  4. Smooth over the front-facing side lightly (not too much) using your comb and then add a small clear ponytail holder about 3-4 inches from the ends as you see in the photo.
  5. Once you’ve secured the small clear ponytail holder, gently roll all of the hair under. Roll it under until the clear ponytail holder meets the big ponytail holder.
  6. Now pin the clear ponytail holder next to your big ponytail holder.
  7. Thread the tail end of the ponytail thru the front as you see in photo 7.
  8. Lightly tease the end of the ponytail.
  9. Now add the tail up and into your bun hairspraying as you go. The reason for this step is this piece will keep your bun from looking like some kind of pastry! The little piece you’re adding in there diffuses the shape of the bun.
  10. Secure the edges of the bun with some hair pins.
  11. Give the bun one final spray all over.
  12. Wait just a couple seconds and then press the bun down like you see in photo 12. Do that a couple times. It gives the bun a little more texture. (Make sure you don’t get any rings caught in it!)

There it is! The big ol’ party bun. Hope you wear it with your favorite sparkly get up this holiday season. Last week we saw so many of your gorgeous Rodarte-inspired braids! If you try this updo, don’t forget to tag us in your instagram @thebeautydept! Can’t wait to see what you accessorize with!